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Looking for great bread in Vancouver

I recently moved from Victoria to Vancouver and I'm looking for a great bakery here. Specifically looking for bread made with natural yeast and cooked in a wood fired oven. Dense, chewy bread that needs nothing on it but maybe a bit of butter.

Victoria has Wild Fire and Fol Epi (two exceptional bakeries) and Comox has Church Street Woodfired Bakery but I can't find anything like these bakeries in Vancouver.

People have suggested Terra Breads but I tried their bread and it's mealy without character.

Any suggestions?

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  1. Nothing wood fired of note now in the city-try Romanian Country Bread in Steveston Village.

    http://www.yelp.ca/biz/romania-countr...

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      Be prepared for sticker shock at Romanian - $10/loaf. A ten dollar loaf of bread better blow me away (it didn't ) but the wood oven is impressive to look at. My favorite bread these days is homemade - checkout the "It's just food" website - try the no-knead bread - sounds right up your alley and it's ridiculously easy.

      1. re: Sam Salmon

        2 words for the Romanian bakery;
        Yuck! Expensive!

        Not wood fired- but for crusty/chewy breads,
        Fieldstone Artisan Breads ( White Rock) have a to-die-for piccolo.
        Terra on Granville Island is always great.
        Cobs(everywhere) has some nice stuff.

        Other than that..try a (new) ceramic kiln shelf, put it on the BBQ & have yourself a 500+ degree oven ( works for me)

        1. re: gnashingshitfactory

          I have been baking bread in my BBQ for a while now using fire bricks (normally used in wood stoves). Cheap, indestructible and the bread has an amazing crust.

      2. I envy Victoria's bread. You won't find anything in the league of Fol Epi here.

        1. Not sure if it will be up to your standards, and it's not wood-fired AFAIK, but I like the bread from Manzano in Metrotown. Worth a shot...better than Terra I think, anyways.

          1. I recommend Swiss Bakery. I love the taste of their organic baguettes. I buy them par-baked and freeze them until I need them, then just defrost them and finish them off in the oven on my baking stone. Tangy, flavourful, aromatic crumb and great crust.

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            Swiss Bakery
            143 E 3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T, CA

            1. No longer wood fired but still my favourite bread in Vancouver is the chewy, hearty and very satisfying peasant bread from Transilvania bakery, now @ Beyond Bread, 4th near Alma
              http://beyondbread.ca/